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Ubuntu 14.04 remove places from Nautilus file manager

By default Ubuntu file manager Nautilus shows many items like


  • Home
  • Desktop
  • Documents
  • Pictures
  • Music
  • Videos
  • Trash

I want to remove “Music” and “Videos” entry. Mainly because my Video collection is too large and is on a different disk, i don’t have much music, so not much use for that music folder.

To remove unwanted items, you need to edit file. ~/.config/user-dirs.dirs

boby@fwhlin:~$ cat ~/.config/user-dirs.dirs 
# This file is written by xdg-user-dirs-update
# If you want to change or add directories, just edit the line you're
# interested in. All local changes will be retained on the next run
# Format is XDG_xxx_DIR="$HOME/yyy", where yyy is a shell-escaped
# homedir-relative path, or XDG_xxx_DIR="/yyy", where /yyy is an
# absolute path. No other format is supported.

Remove entry you don’t need.

This file get auto overwritten every time you login. To avoid this, you need to make this file read only with command

chmod -w  ~/.config/user-dirs.dirs 

Or you can run

echo "enabled=false" > ~/.config/user-dirs.conf

Restart nautilus

nautilus -q

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